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>>> 24 this morning on "meet the press," mitt romney needs a game changer. is the first presidential debate it? >>> his back now against the wall, romney is behind in all of our background polls. the candidate presses for a rebound. >> we do not want four more years of where we've been. i represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic
cruz. today we begin with debate prep. president obama and his republican rival mitt romney are both getting ready for their first face to face presidential debate in denver wednesday night. romney is holding a rally in the mile-high city today, while the president gears up in nevada. nbc's tracy potts joins us with washington from the latest. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared debaters and he predicts few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are down playing expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be f
for the republican challenger. ron allen has more. >> reporter: good evening to you, savannah, mitt romney just wrapped up an event here, the third of the day. he has really been trying to pick up the pace, spending more time here in ohio than any other state. at every campaign stop, mitt romney has hit the same theme. i care about you. >> these are tough times, even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: as new polls show ohio slipping away. romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll. after that video of romney talking badly about the 47% who pay no income tax. today, from romney, more compassion in a new minute-long tv ad. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> reporter: romney's problem is historic, nobody has won the white house without winning ohio, romney sounded optimistic today in an interview with nbc news. >> can you win ohio? >> i'm going to wi
>>> on our broadcast here tonight, the reset for mitt romney, or so they hope coming off a bad weeks, unleashing a new attack on president obama, regarding the chaos in the east. >>> and fighting breast cancer, what they hope can be a new break through in a new road map to more effective teaching. >>> and education nation summit, what is coming to just about every school in the country. question is, are teachers and students ready for what is on the way. >>> a broken heart, could it really be fatal? tonight, the doctors who say yes and warn that women have the most to worry about. >>> and the panda, why it is proving so difficult to say these animals fr. >>> this is nbc fightly news with brian williams. >>> good evening, if the race for president seems to have an urgency not fully supported by the calendar, then think of it this way. there are roughly a thousand hours to go before the election. every day and moment counts for the incumbent president and the man trying to unseat him. while both men have squared off in separate interviews over the last 24 hours, the first debate
has been running for longer than that. barack obama and mitt romney are both nearing the end of intense debate prep, and coaching sessions. and at this point, they're designed either to create or prevent that moment that we've all seen that can somehow change the race. and with millions of americans watching these debates like a kind of super bowl of american politics, the stakes are high as the two men face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney pract
the hopefuls slugged it out as the candidates took a breather. both mitt romney and president obama released taped messages as they prepared for their first debate coming up in just three days. brian moore has the latest. >> days before the presidential debate, mitt romney is hammering the president on foreign policy. >> when president obama was asked about the recent disruption and chaos in the middle east, he said these were merely bumps in the road. bumps in the road also describe something the romney campaign has been unable to avoid in recent weeks. distractions and discouraging poll numbers are upstaging the republican president. >> look what president obama did on the budget. nothing. except borrow and spend. >> when they talk about culture dependency, about american decline, i can honestly say to you, i don't recognize the country they're talking about. >> when vice president biden was fighting for votes in florida, the president was calling on congress to help homeowners. even as he defended his campaign's weak spot. >> so we're moving in the right direction, but we're not there yet
'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s. military death toll in the war reached 2,000. we're going to get a live report, straight ahead. >>> also coming up,
politics. president obama and mitt romney will be campaigning in virginia today as romney looks to repair the damage from that 47% comment that was recorded at a fundraiser. peter alexander is with the romney camp in springfield this morning. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. when it comes to the battlegrounds, there are three, florida, ohio, and virginia, both mitt romney and the president held dueling events in ohio on wednesday. today, they are both here in virginia. another state where romney is trailing in the polls. >> reporter: campaigning in ohio wednesday, both president obama and mitt romney were keenly aware of the buckeye state's place in history. no republican has won the white house without it. romney went out of his way to show his compassionate side greeting world war ii veterans and courting working class families. >> these are tough times even for families with jobs. i know what it takes to get this economy going again. i care about the people of america. >> reporter: it's a delivered effort, analysts say, with a tv ad designed to sh
around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petreas used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces c
one of the roughest couple of weeks, mitt romney's campaign is focused on jump starting the defense and economic message with many republicans pressing him to sharpen his tone. looking to restore confidence in his campaign, a defiantly optimistic mitt romney rallied supporters under the lights in denver late sunday >> i need your help. we have got to stand together. we have got to work together. we're taking back america. we must keep this nation the hope of the earth. >> reporter: earlier romney refused to concede he's an underdog in a series of battleground states and accused the president of distorting his positions. >> i'm did not going to try to fool people into making people think things he doesn't. he's trying to fool people to make them believe i think things that i don't. >> reporter: privately romney and the president have been preparing for the debates, the first here in denver next week, but publicly the two campaigns are trying to lower expectations, even complimenting their opponent's debate skills. for his part on "60 minutes" president obama defended his record, whil
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